Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid - Copenhagen The famous mermaid sculpture sitting on a rock near the shore in Copenhagen was created by Edvard Eriksen in 1913. It was inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, "The Little Mermaid". The title word, "Little", is appropriate as it only stands a smidgen over 4 feet. It is one … Continue reading Little Mermaid

Walled City

The Christmas season is upon us, time to retell the Christ-mas story. You know, the story all Christians believe, the one about the three wise men that followed the bright star over Bethlehem, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for the new King, Jesus, the Christ child. Today, the sleepy little town of Bethlehem … Continue reading Walled City

Danish Castle

Rosenborg Castle, Copenahgen The Rosenborg Castle was originally built as a summer home for the Danish royal family in 1606. Subsequent expansions, completed in 1624, brought it to its present size. Royal heirlooms are on display inside; e.g. King Christian IV's crown, King Christian III's jewel- encrusted sword, and the Danish Crown Jewels. Thought for … Continue reading Danish Castle

Hand Cart

Avebury, England The sight of this old hand cart reminded me of the classic Radio Flyer Red Wagon I had as a kid. Well, sort of. My metal wagon had a handle and four wheels too, just like this cart. My wagon is probably buried in a land fill somewhere, totally "recycled" by now. This … Continue reading Hand Cart

Spring?

Butchart Gardens March 1st. January and February, the worst two months of winter in Nebraska, are behind us. The first day of Spring is only 3 weeks away. Do we dare dream so soon about the colorful days ahead of us? Thought for the Day: Walk lightly in the spring, Mother Nature is pregnant.Kiowa Indian … Continue reading Spring?

Church Pews

Abbey Pew - Bath England People were much smaller when this church was built over 500 years ago -- they could fit into the narrow space between the partititons. What I found interesting was the "need" for those partitions. Some form of "social distancing"? Thought for the day: Whatever you are, be a good one.Abraham … Continue reading Church Pews

Florida Sunrise

Marco Island Causeway The sky was threatening and I wondered how much longer I should wait for the clouds to break. The first couple drops convinced me to give it up. By mid-morning the clouds began to break up, the sun shone bright and I saw why Florida is called "The Sunshine State". Thought for … Continue reading Florida Sunrise

Sagging Barn

Resting Comfortably Another interesting site I found along Sargent-Ord Road in northeast Custer County, Nebraska is this barn squatting on its haunches. With the words, "Cross Wind Mercantile" painted on the front, it appears to have been a business, possibly an antique dealer. The white vinyl fence in front looked totally out of place, as … Continue reading Sagging Barn

Alone

Alone The lone chair sits on top of a hill overlooking the playground of a Tanzanian elementary school. The usual occupier of the chair is the manager of the school's lunch program, where she takes her break from the kitchen's heat. There is no other "furniture" in the area; no picnic tables, no benches, no … Continue reading Alone

Hand Made

Knife Sharpening A Datoga tribesman puts a fine edge on his hand made knife. He shaped the blade from scrap metal and gave it a rough sharpening. Then he heated the metal over a wooden fire, stoked red hot by hand made bellows. When the blade was red hot, he doused it with water to … Continue reading Hand Made

Choo

Priority One Choo is the Swahili word for “toilet”, one of the first words learned by Western visitors. This photo was taken at a Mosaic primary school near Moshi, Tanzania. It is a woman’s toilet, possibly named “Lucy”. The second line on the sign translates to “Take Care of the Toilet”, and the third line, … Continue reading Choo